Scout Picks

Sterling and Aguero tipped for big scores by Gameweek 5 Scout Picks

We have spent the big bucks on our Manchester City attacking assets this week as they face a Norwich defence in dire straits.

This week the Scout Picks XI features three players priced over £12.0m but we have still managed to stick to our £83.0m budget.

Our 3-5-2 formation comes in at £82.9m, £0.1m inside the limit.

Goalkeeper

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian has an appealing fixture this weekend

Adrian (£4.6m) was not selected by any of our Scout Squad pundits this week, but we’ve brought him in as an enabler. There was overwhelming support for a double-up on the Liverpool defence but we only had enough in our budget for one of their premium options. With Alisson still out injured, Adrian should keep his place in goal.

Defenders

Alexander-Arnold remains our chosen Liverpool defensive option ahead of Gameweek 5

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.1m) was the most popular Liverpool defender among our Scout Squad pundits. David, Paul and Geoff all selected him as the best option in this price bracket, Neale choosing him in second place. The right-back heads into an appealing meeting with a goal-shy Newcastle side and three assists in his first four matches. The potential for a double-figure haul, made up from returns at both ends of the pitch, continues to be high for Alexander-Arnold.

The inclusion of Matt Lowton (£4.5m) was a way of granting the request from our Scout Squad for Burnley defensive cover. Nick Pope was a popular choice but we had to go with Adrian in goal. Lowton comes in based on Burnley’s clean sheet potential for a trip to Brighton, and having created more chances than any of his defensive colleagues so far this season.

John Lundstram (£4.2m) continues to make a useful budget enabler for Fantasy managers. Sheffield United remain one of the tightest-looking defences in the Premier League, having allowed just 22 shots in the box across the first four Gameweeks (fifth-best). Meanwhile, Lundstram himself is behind only two players in the top flight for big chances created.

Midfielders

Sterling should enjoy his trip to Norwich on Saturday afternoon

Despite a blank against Brighton, Raheem Sterling (£12.3m) is straight back in the Scout Picks. After the first four matches of the season, the Manchester City midfielder is still just one behind the current Golden Boot front-runner with five goals and during that time, no player has been afforded more big chances. Meanwhile, Norwich’s defence looks in tatters for Gameweek 5. They have conceded more than any other side so far and are likely to be without at least three centre-backs in Ben Godfrey, Christoph Zimmermann and Timm Klose this weekend. Furthermore, right-back Max Aarons has been ruled out, Grant Hanley is unlikely to be able to feature from the beginning and Tim Krul is also a doubt to start now.

Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) was the most popular midfielder for Gameweek 5, tipped as the best in this position by three of our pundits, David selecting him in second place. In both of his Premier League matches at Anfield this season, the Egyptian registered a double-figure haul and he will be fancying his chances against Newcastle. The Magpies might have the ability to frustrate top six sides, as they did at Spurs in Gameweek 3, but Salah still got three attacking returns against them last season.

Mason Mount (£6.4m) is one of a handful of mid-price midfielders who appear to have the ability to offer decent value this season. He has two goals so far and could have arguably had more than that. Ahead of a trip to Wolves, the Chelsea midfielder has registered the same number of shots on target as Sterling, and more than any other option priced at £6.5m or below.

The absence of some key personnel for Manchester United should both help Daniel James‘ (£6.1m) chances of starting and increase the need for him to deliver. In the last two matches, the value midfield option has had seven shots inside the box, the second-most in the whole division. With Leicester yet to keep a clean sheet on the road so far this season, James looks a good bet for more attacking returns this weekend.

John McGinn (£5.6m) is the final member of our value midfield trio as he prepares to face West Ham on Monday night. With attacking returns in two matches so far this season, the box-to-box option will fancy his chances against a Hammers’ defence that has conceded more big chances than any other side so far.

Forwards

We’re backing Aguero to have another enjoyable afternoon in Gameweek 5

Our Scout Squad panel was unanimous in selecting Sergio Aguero (£12.1m) as the best forward option for Gameweek 5. That decision was reached even before the Norwich defensive situation got worse on Friday afternoon. The Argentinian has scored in every match this season, currently leading the Golden Boot race, and is likely to deliver even if he has his minutes managed in light of Gabriel Jesus’ return from fitness simply because Norwich’s problems at the back are so bad.

Sébastien Haller (£7.5m) completes our line-up ahead of a trip to face Aston Villa on Monday night. Dean Smith’s men have allowed more shots than any other side so far this year, while Haller has three goals in his last two matches.

Substitutes

Nick Pope (£4.6m) was the most popular budget goalkeeper in our Scout Squad submissions but we had to bench him to accommodate our Liverpool defensive double-up.

We were also able to work in some Manchester City defensive cover so Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.6m) has to be content among the substitutes. With Norwich unlikely to park the bus against them, there is perhaps still a slight chance that they find a way through.

Manuel Lanzini (£6.5m) gets a place on the bench as a cheap alternative West Ham’s centre-forward. The midfielder has created more chances than any of his colleagues so far this season.

Ashley Barnes (£6.7m) has impressed in the early part of the campaign but we ran out of money to get him in the Scout Picks starting XI. 

The Captain

As we have mentioned many times since the season began, the Scout Picks now has a captain for the 2019/20 campaign.

This skipper is chosen using the conclusions of the latest Captain Sensible article and a four-way vote between David, Neale, Paul and Geoff.

Because the use of Fantasy Football Scout data is used so heavily in this process, the captain we choose each Gameweek will be known only to those who have signed up to Membership for the 2019/20 season.

It will be revealed to the public only when the deadline for the Gameweek has passed.

The Community Champion

Representing the community against the Scout Picks in Gameweek 5 is Warby84.

They have gone for a 4-3-3 of Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Otamendi, Maitland-Niles, Lundstram; De Bruyne, Salah (c), McGinn; Aguero, Haller, Vardy.

The community member who beats our picks by the biggest margin over the campaign will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Contributors and Moderators League for the following season.

It was a defeat for the Scout Picks in Gameweek 4 as InsaneFC won by a 75-64 scoreline.

That makes his winning margin of 11 points the new score to beat for the 2019/20 season.

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5,594 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Karzan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 months, 22 days ago

    I need help

    I have 2 FT and 0.0 ITB

    wildcard available

    my team:

    Pope-Button
    Digne-VVD-KWP-Montoya-Lundstram
    Salah-Sterling-KDB-Son-Dendoncker
    King-Pukki-Greenwood

    I really would like to get aguero in this week and triple up on ManC attack and I can do it if I take -4:

    KWP-King-Son --> Aguero-Guendouzi-Hanley/Rico

    is it worth doing or does anyone have better idea?

    1. JT11fc
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 22 days ago

      I prrsonally wouldnt as it upsets team balance

      1. Karzan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 22 days ago

        yeah, that's what i also was thinking but I could also use wildcard.
        But that being said I think You are right

        thanks, pal!

  2. FPL ElasticO
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Is Aguero worth transfer in for Kane or he is too rotation risk??

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Definitely do that transfer.

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      I decided against that move last GW, not happy about that decision

  3. Dr. Agabuse
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Are they gonna reverse it?
    How can players just rise?
    Is he 6.6 with you guys too all of a sudddn?

    Lanzini nooo

      1. Dr. Agabuse
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Okay thx. Must have been old mask.
        But even in the scout articel above hes mentioned as 6.5

    1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Pretty sure it Martials fault

      1. SweepaKeepa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Martial Law

  4. Longlatini
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Aguero TC worth a -8?

    Would be Laporte to Taa
    Mane to Cantwell
    Greenwood to Aguero (Tc)

    1. La Roja
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Selling Mane for -8 makes no sense this GW

    2. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Not if it includes selling Mane, no way!

    3. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Obviously Mane could get a Double digit haul. But! I like it.

  5. Dr. Agabuse
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Lanzini 6.6 with everyone?

    1. FPL_DON
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Yeah can’t believe it haha

    2. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Thats crazy.
      Keeps me from the transfer. Cant do it now. 0.1 short

      1. FPL_DON
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        That’s really rubbish mate I do feel for you, maybe worth waiting to see if it’s reversed?

        1. Dr. Agabuse
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 22 days ago

          But was he 6.6 for you all day long?
          Above is a link showing that he rose last night.
          But he was mentioned here all day as 6.5 and also in the article

          1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 22 days ago

            He is just messing with you X-D

    3. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 22 days ago

      What? He rose yesterday mate

      1. Dr. Agabuse
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Alright. My bad. It mist habe been an open tab from yesterday. But hes also mentioned avove in the article as 6.5

  6. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    I knew it Martial will still be out after the IB... That's why I demand that every injury has to be offically and publically anounced. Timespan too.

    1. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      I reject your demand

    2. BoomXhakaLaca1
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      That's just stupid

      1. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        I think there is something like this in NFL. But my memory might just made it up.

  7. Old Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Where are all these juicy price rises coming from tonight? So far my WC had not made a bloody penny. I could do with another 0.2 from somewhere.
    Any predictions?

    1. HashAttack
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Prices tend to move pretty slowly during the IB - looks like no one will be going up tonight

  8. Kun Tozser
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Sterling TC after reading reports of that Norwich backline!

    Would hold it for Andy Carroll return but being proactive this season

    1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Lager, lager, lager, Andy. Mega, mega white thing. Mega mega white thing.

      A Carroll for you

  9. lampsblues
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Please give your opinion..

    pope (mcgovern)
    vvd, digne, lund, wbissaka (Rico)
    salah, sterling, gross, mount, lanzini
    wilson, pukki (greenwood)
    3.0 itb

    Gross, Lanzini -> Debruyne, Ceballos
    or
    Gross, Wbissaka -> Debruyne, Lowton (or other 4.7 m defender)?

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      B

  10. Aftermath
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Team gtg?

    Pope
    TAA Zinchenko Lundstram
    Salah Sterling (C) KDB mount
    Pukki Haller Barnes

    Button Cantwell Kelly Boly

    Saving ft this week

    1. lampsblues
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Nice team!

      1. Legohair
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Really good team

    2. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Identical team to me... So yeah, looks great

      1. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Although I may captain Salah ahead of Sterling

        1. Kun Tozser
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 22 days ago

          Why?

          1. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 22 days ago

            Why not?

  11. dshv
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Captain?

    1.salah
    2.sterling

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Salah becaue of safety of starting spot.

    2. Kun Tozser
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Sterling for Norwich injuries

  12. Shark Team
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    I would prefer to spend money on barnes haller rather than mount james

    1. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Mount over Barnes

  13. barracuda
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Evening fellas, is Martial out for a foreseeable future?

  14. Dacra
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Crazy to have neither Sterling or Aguero in WC team?

    Pope (4.0)
    TAA - Digne - Otamendi (Soyuncu, Lund)
    Salah - Kdb - James - Mount (Cantwell)
    Haller - Pukki - Auba

    0.5itb

    1. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      yes

    2. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Yeah

    3. Dannyb
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Yeah

    4. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Just go back to your former wc squad with Salah and Sterling. The one with Matip.

    5. ChelseaBlues223
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Yep

  15. 2hotty
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Martial to D silva??????
    Talk to me

    1. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Sure or go upgrade elsewhere

      1. 2hotty
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        City gonna murder norwich some good points to be had
        already got raz and Kdb

    2. barracuda
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Is he out for a week?

      1. Dr. Agabuse
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Could be two

        1. barracuda
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 22 days ago

          I might keep if it's 2.

          1. Dr. Agabuse
            • 7 Years
            8 months, 22 days ago

            Then keep if you have a strong bench.
            Id go Lanzini or Mount

    3. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      That's what I'm considering, but means I couldn't get a defender.

  16. hogree
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Anyone else starting Heaton over Pope tomorrow or is that absurd

    1. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Not absurd. Heaton will saflve a shot

    2. Herculeez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 22 days ago

      I'm torn between the two personally, currently on Pope.

    3. Kun Tozser
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Home team for me

  17. blauriecon
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Bench Abraham, Digne, or Lundstram?

    1. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      lund

  18. Blanka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Play Lundstram over Pukki?

    1. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Yes

    2. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Always the attacker

      1. Dr. Agabuse
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        But Lund has so many big chances created and playing box to box so could be xonsidered for this easy game as an attacker

  19. grooveymatt65
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Hi guys! im unsure what to do especially with Martial now out for this weekend. What would you lot do?

    Pope Button

    Van Dijk Coleman Lundstrum Diop Simpson

    Salah (c) Sterling Martial De Bruyne Stephens

    Haller Ings Pukki

    0.1 itb 1ft

    1. Martial to Ceballos for free
    2. Martial to Ceballos and Coleman to Ota for -4
    3. Martial to James for free
    4. Martial to James and Coleman to TAA for -4
    5. wildcard
    6. save

    thanks guys 🙂 🙂

    1. barracuda
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Save

    2. 2hotty
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      1 then 3 wouldnt take a hit

  20. Dr. Agabuse
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Mount or James then?
    Haha cant stretch to Lanzini anymore. Will be gutted if he scores now.

    James has no Martial or Pogba.
    Or is that a good thing.
    Mount is the best CAM that Chelsea got and if he plays regularly hes my man i guess

    1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 22 days ago

      M

  21. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Play 2, bench 2 please

    Pukki
    Lundstram
    Montoya
    Greenwood

    1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 22 days ago

      I think either half of your question would have sufficed

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        True 😆

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Play Lundstram and Pukki

    3. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Play first two right?
      Greenwood won’t start, Will he?

    4. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      And defo not worth a hit to bench three and transfer Martial out is it?

  22. wolves_simmo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Which scores more?

    A) Digne (bou) & Robinson (SOU) +4pts
    B) Montoya (BUR) & D Silva (nor)

  23. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Pope or Adrian?

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Pope, and a Liv defender

    2. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      Dbl Liverpool

  24. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Looks good only 5 here.

  25. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    So here it guys one last time..

    Wc
    Pope button
    Taa digne otta soyun lund
    Salah sterling kdb Mount cantwell
    Haller pukki greenwood
    0.2 itb

    G2g guys?Suggestions needed.

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Potentially not Pukki and Cantwell?

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Abraham and McGinn over Pukki and Mount?

  26. SADIO SANÉ
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    a terrible week to be worried about rotation as my bench has been decimated ... fancy B to outscore A by a decent margin? or a potential Sterling/KDB haul make it too risky?

    A) Heaton
    TAA VVD Montoya Lundstram
    Salah Sterling KDB (Cantwell)
    Haller Pukki Ayew

    B) Adrian
    TAA AMN Lundstram
    Salah Mahrez D.Silva Ceballos Iwobi
    Aguero Auba

  27. MoManeTaa
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    If we r never gonna captain the 11m striker in auba/Kane over Sterling/salah, is it better to spread their funds over the team ?

    I currently own auba just for differently captaincy for my ML, and I can't convince myself to captain him

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Differential*

    2. Dacra
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      What's your Auba team?

      1. MoManeTaa
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Adrian
        AWB Digne Zin Lund Kelly
        Mane Raz KDB Mount Kentwell
        Aub Pukki Greenwood

    3. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      I wouldnt trust Arsenal away.
      Was a tuff game in Newcastle against a very weak side and could have still not won.

      0-1 will be great succes.
      For me its Auba from next week

      1. MoManeTaa
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Not just for this GW mate - checked fixtures for both Sterling and auba for next few GWs and I don't see myself captaining auba in any of them over Sterling 🙂

        1. Dr. Agabuse
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 22 days ago

          You might if Sterling plays 150-180mins in the next two

      2. ZAWAd25
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        Why not Kane?

        starting from GW7 Kane has:
        GW7: SOU(H)
        GW8:BHA (A)
        GW9:WAT(H)

        1. MoManeTaa
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 22 days ago

          Yeah I wud probably move to Kane depending on if Erikson is put back into the mix

    4. ZAWAd25
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      same issue here mate with Kane. Part of me wants to differently captain him this week

      1. MoManeTaa
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 22 days ago

        If and when Spurs start to get into a run with all new MF n son back, I wud fancy Kane but not d same with auba

  28. Dr. Agabuse
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    B) Mount Haller Kane (becomes Auba next week)
    A) Lanzini King Aguero

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      B if u don't own Sterling

    2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Auba the far superior pick this week

      A

    3. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Wait i got B first lol.
      And i have Sterling

  29. dshv
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 22 days ago

    Please help guys

    Heaton

    Vvd - walker - robbo - digne

    Sterling - mount - martial - salah

    Pukki - wilson

    (Lund , dendo, greenwood)

    Okay so tomorrow i will start with lund because of martial but..

    To remove robbo and martial after tomorrow and get kdb and pieters ??

    Or have to keep my double pool defence ?

    1. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 22 days ago

      Do it now

  30. Berlin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 months, 22 days ago

    team:
    adrian,button
    otamendi,mina,maguire,lundstram,rico
    sterling,kdb,F.anderson,trossard,cantwell
    kane,firmino,pukki

    kane+trossard to barnes,pepe or auba,iwobi?